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Staple of anyone's wardrobe

  • Aug 22, 2008
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Well, okay, maybe just mine. Anyone who knows me knows that Threadless t-shirts are pretty much all I wear.
The designs are unique, fun, funky, abstract, silly, scary, beautiful, witty...you name it. The best thing about Threadless is that it's community-based and it's the members who submit the designs and vote on what gets printed. Each week a new batch of shirts is released--most are new, some are reprints of popular designs that have sold out. I currently own at least 50 shirts and it's quite possible there are some sitting in my closet right now that haven't moved since I first took them out of the package and put them there. This is no reflection on the quality of the designs, most of which are quite fabulous. This is mostly due to my over-zealous purchasing tendencies. There are so many fun shirts each week that sometimes I can't decide so I end up getting them all!
One minor complaint I do have...shrinkage issues. They used to print on American Apparel shirts which seemed to shrink about a half to full size in the wash. They've recently switched to their own Threadless brand tees which seemed to have done nothing to improve the shrinkage problem, but actually may have made it worse. The Threadless tees seem to shrink even more. My recommendation: order a size up so that when it shrinks in the wash, you'll end up with the size you wanted to begin with. Either that or order the size you want and wash in cold water and hang dry. By the way, and it might just be me, but the these shirts seem to run small in general so if you're not sure, get one and see how it fits before going the order-in-bulk-a-la-Costco route. They do offer a sizing guide to give you an idea of the fit.
Overall, my experience with Threadless thus far has been a pleasant one. For someone like me who, if given the choice between fashion and comfort, would pretty much opt for comfort every time, Threadless affords the ability to just throw on a t-shirt while not appearing like I "just threw on at-shirt". Plus, it inspires and encourages creativity. What's not to love about that? For the budding designers out there, definitely check out the Critique section where you can receive feedback from other designers/members on your design ideas before submitting them for voting.

Last words...seriously, check it out. You won't be sorry.
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October 08, 2009
I am also starting a company that prints tee shirts so it is great to read your opinion on tee's. What is the most\least you have paid for a tee shirt?
October 08, 2009
hmm... least = $5...most = $20. For some reason I can't see spending more than $20 on a t-shirt. I might consider spending more, but the design would have to be pretty spectacular...either that or the quality of the shirt itself would have to be uber fabulous. What's your company?
October 08, 2009
we are just starting out but we have new designs coming. www.peaksandbarrels.com if you have any ides for design i would love to hear them as well!!!
October 08, 2009
cool, thanks for sharing. good luck!
April 01, 2009
Cooooool- I am going to check it out right now!
March 31, 2009
Threadless is new to me too...i was wondering how the hold up after a few washes (besides the shrinkage). I know some lower quality graphic tees will start to crack and peel after a few washes. How do these hold up?
March 31, 2009
Hmm ... well, due to the shrinkage issues I try not to dry them in the dryer too often but the ones that have been through a few times seem to hold up decently. I'd imagine though that, like any other graphic, eventually they'll start cracking and peeling. Oh well, just another reason to get new ones!
March 31, 2009
I've never heard of this! Browsing through I found some so hilarious I can't stop laughing...
December 11, 2008
I try to wait for the sales as well - so worth it. But it really is a timing thing to get in at the right time before they run out of the size you want. I always thought they should come out with just the prints (iron-ons maybe?). Then you can put them on whichever shirts you want.
December 09, 2008
Your review really said it all. I love this company--great T-shirts at good prices. My favorite is when they run $5 sales.
September 11, 2008
You're welcome - I think they've recently reduced the price on some of the designs as well so now's a great time to stock up!
September 10, 2008
I like the t-shirts, but thanks for the warning about the size and shrinkage
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review by . July 22, 2011
I just happen to be wearing a Threadless shirt today - it's the one pictured on the right, called "Used to Be Friends," and it's a classic example of the unique and striking designs Threadless makes available.      But it's not just the shirts that make it special - it's how they're created in the first place.      Basically, Threadless allows designers to submit t-shirt designs for printing, and the Threadless community decides, …
Quick Tip by . March 19, 2010
I may be biased since I founded this company but it is the best darn t-shirt company in the universe!
review by . December 10, 2008
I love threadless.com. I haven't bought anything from there yet, but it's a great mix of the avante garde design t-shirts and hilarious ironic shirts. And since the designs are user-submitted you know that you're getting an original piece of work, which is awesome. Everytime I visit the site I always want to buy everything, their shirts are the best!  
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Threadless.com is a community-based website where members can submit and/or vote on t-shirt designs submitted by other members. Each submission gets a week of eligible voting time where members can promote and/or comment on each other's designs. At the end of each week, the winning designs are printed and made available for purchase. Each winning designer receives:
  • $2,000 in cash
  • $500 Threadless Gift Certificate (can be redeemed for $200 cash)
  • $500 in cash each time the design is reprinted
There is also an annual "Threadless Awards" in which $100,000 is up for grabs for excellence in various categories such as "Most Groundbreaking Design" or "Best Gallery Photo".
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